'You gave us hope ...' - Twitter mourns brave Gontlafetse 'Miss Oxygen' Sehako
Rare diseases South Africa has confirmed to TimesLIVE the death of Gontlafetse "Miss Oxygen" Sehako, an internet sensation who touched the lives of thousands of South Africans through her Twitter and Instagram platforms.
According to the organisation, '"Miss Oxygen", as she was widely known among her followers, was suffering from pulmonary fibrosis and hypertension. This rare disease affects the lungs and breathing, which means patients are dependent on an oxygen tank which they carry around with them.
Her last two messages on Twitter were posted in July while in hospital. “Hospitals are too cold,” and “I'm scared”.
Miss Oxygen died on Wednesday. A Twitter account attributed to her sister Puseletso announced the sad news on Thursday morning.
I'm shattered 💔.— Puse.letso (@_PuseletsoM) September 12, 2019
Thank you all for your contributions, support & prayers .God called my sis home.🕊❤. Heaven couldn't wait for you , Goodnight my love. I'll see you in the morning🌛. I love you always. #ICarryHopeInMyLungs#RipMissOxygen https://t.co/l6YhlMxwSb
Heartwarming tributes have since flooded Twitter:
Wooow this hits different 😭😭I remember when I first saw her pictures and her story I just loved her and left her a message on IG Dm 💔 .Her story reminded me of "Faults in Our Stars " 😭😭— God's Masterpiece 👑 (@MakatiniNyeleti) September 12, 2019
You faught a good fight ❤#RIPMissOxygen pic.twitter.com/1sfKnnQB3N
In March, Prince Kaybee reached out to her after she shared via Twitter that her oxygen tank was broken, and would cost her R11,000 to fix, money she said she did not have. “So I've been sulking because my portable machine broke, I'm thinking how will I get 11k to fix it? My lung is struggling since it doesn't get enough oxygen.”